The Ancient Painting and Calligraphy of China

The art of painting and calligraphy of China is the most representative cultural element of the Chinese nation and one of the important carriers of the fine traditional Chinese culture. In the long-term course of development, the arts of painting and calligraphy have learnt from each other and formed many common aesthetic interests and cultural and intellectual needs. As the top palace of history and art in China collecting, studying, displaying and interpreting representative physical evidences of our nation’s excellent traditional culture, revolutionary culture and advanced socialist culture, the National Museum of China always attaches great importance to collection of ancient painting and calligraphy, and houses nearly 10,000 masterpieces of ancient calligraphy and paintings, ranging from residual paper calligraphy ofthe Wei and Jin Dynasties, Buddhist scriptures of the Sui and Tang Dynasties, works of famous calligraphers of the Song and Yuan Dynasties, and calligraphic works of different schools of the Ming and Qing Dynasties, featuring historical contexts, large scale and great variety, and taking a leading position in Chinese institutions with collections of the same kind.